High-volume centers

Neurocrit Care. 2011 Sep;15(2):369-72. doi: 10.1007/s12028-011-9602-z.


Outcome from trauma, surgery, and a variety of other medical conditions has been shown to be positively affected by providing treatment at facilities experiencing a high volume of patients with those conditions. An electronic literature search was made to identify English-language articles available through March 2011, addressing the effect of patient treatment volume on outcome for patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Limited data were identified, with 16 citations included in the current review. Over 60% of hospitals fall into the lowest case-volume quartile. Outcome is influenced by patient volume, with better outcome occurring in high-volume centers treating >60 cases per year. Patients treated at low-volume hospitals are less likely to experience definitive treatment. Furthermore, transfer to high-volume centers may be inadequately arranged. Several factors may influence the better outcome at high-volume centers, including the availability of neurointensivists and interventional neuroradiologists.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hospital Bed Capacity / standards*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration*
  • Intensive Care Units / standards*
  • Neuroradiography / standards*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • United States